As poverty rises, so do challenges in...

As poverty rises, so do challenges in education

There are 5 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Jul 29, 2012, titled As poverty rises, so do challenges in education. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

The Star's Our Children/Our City project has revealed in the past three years how often we as a community fail to ensure that children arrive at school ready to learn.

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The Ultimate Kaptoz

Indianapolis, IN

#2 Jul 29, 2012
First of all poverty has nothing to do with ones education if they truly desire to be educated, We have libraries all around, We even have buses to take people to those libraries . This excuse that poverty equates ones value in education is lame excuse.I had two grandmothers and aunts and uncles who grew up in the worst of times in America. Yet they all graduated from high school. Although none attended college, They were taught well enough in High School , It was like they had a college degree. My grandmother was a chemist at Lilly's .My other grandmother owned two restaurants in her life time .Aside fro raising ten kids of her own and 6 grandchildren.My aunt and uncle opened their own business also.You have kids in third world countries who learn and thrive only being taught by candle light or sunlight in one room school room huts on a dirty floor after walking many miles to get there without even having breakfast as we know it.Yet we hear a child can't learn in schools that are broken down lol.These kids in those countries lean four and five languages by the time they even reach high school level.Why so many come to America and seek higher learning degree's .This is whats broken in American schools. Called not teaching the basics called the abc's and 123's. Time to do away with the union control and away with the African studies. Get back to the basics and kids will learn and thrive.
educateindiana

Carmel, IN

#3 Jul 29, 2012
We're always throwing money at problems and nothing gets solved. We should focus on specific solutions to the problems and work from there.

1. People don't value what is given to them for free. We should tax each and every family who sends their children to public school per student. No more transportation subsidies, parents pay or take them to school. No more free breakfasts, lunches or dinners. If parents are not feeding their children, they should lose custody with their paychecks garnished to cover costs for care. DNA used to identify dads and they will be forced to pay support through garnishment as well. Fines assessed or work camps for those who refuse to comply. It should be considered fraudulant if women continue to have children while on govt. assistance.
2. Educate students who want to learn: This is one of the most glaring problems Indiana faces. The summers are opportunities for enrichment, review and remediation and yet there is little to nothing available for students who WANT to improve. Programs could be set up at a nominal cost and yet the resources for this are nonexistent. EVERY student should be able to access online courses set up for self learning. Students could work at their own pace and have opportunities to speak with teachers if they have problem. Once a week the teacher should make herself available in person for interested students to engage in discussion and work through difficult concepts. It would be self supporting. Once you get rid of the disruptive kids who don't want to learn, you will be left with ambitious kids who want to get ahead. This is where the focus should be.
3. For the kids who couldn't pay the tax: A free education should be just that...a bare bones of basics.
4.Business and community supporters should receive better tax incentives to support schools rather than taxes.
The Ultimate Kaptoz

Indianapolis, IN

#4 Jul 29, 2012
I totally agree , The continued cycle of Liberals being educated is a waste of real hardworking peoples tax dollars spent on future inmates and criminals who despise the very people taking care of them for the past century.The blacks are the most catered to race in America and the world. If it's not blacks getting pitied in America. It's in Africa.You can't even make a joke about a black person in Africa even after you apologize , The Olympic committee still won't let you play in the games. Ever watch black comedians make fun of whites and Hispanics and gay people. Never are they kicked off the airwaves or a sponsor drops from whatever show they appear on when they rant about other races hatefully.Back to schools. Funny thing one year the catholic schools in said they would take in public school kids who couldn't find a school there, Because they were too crowded for them all. Then the Liberals and Liberal actors took out a full page ad against allowing such a thing. Even Hillary. Bill, and Al Gore put in their two cents. They said it's a crime if any parent sends their kids to a private school. They said it hurts the public schools. All of them attended private elite schools and so did their kids.
give them all an A

Indianapolis, IN

#5 Jul 29, 2012
We need to give the teachers 6 figure incomes, install more stadiums, arenas and pools.
If that don't work maybe some iphones or xboxes.

Might even consider dominos pizza cash or cars to see if that'll make the snotnosed brats want to learn.

Can't possibly be a cultural issue or parenting skills.
Ralph

Bloomingdale, IN

#6 Jul 29, 2012
The Ultimate Kaptoz wrote:
First of all poverty has nothing to do with ones education if they truly desire to be educated, We have libraries all around, We even have buses to take people to those libraries . This excuse that poverty equates ones value in education is lame excuse.I had two grandmothers and aunts and uncles who grew up in the worst of times in America. Yet they all graduated from high school. Although none attended college, They were taught well enough in High School , It was like they had a college degree. My grandmother was a chemist at Lilly's .My other grandmother owned two restaurants in her life time .Aside fro raising ten kids of her own and 6 grandchildren.My aunt and uncle opened their own business also.You have kids in third world countries who learn and thrive only being taught by candle light or sunlight in one room school room huts on a dirty floor after walking many miles to get there without even having breakfast as we know it.Yet we hear a child can't learn in schools that are broken down lol.These kids in those countries lean four and five languages by the time they even reach high school level.Why so many come to America and seek higher learning degree's .This is whats broken in American schools. Called not teaching the basics called the abc's and 123's. Time to do away with the union control and away with the African studies. Get back to the basics and kids will learn and thrive.
I believe you hit the nail on the head. Teach children math, reading, and writing first as basics, and go from there. Too many children are graduated from HS without basic skills. We are not all equal in ability, and cannot all be taught in the same manner to avoid hurting ones feelings. PhsEd never hurt me either. Dispite the crap passed off as food today ,PhsEd might help obease kids to become non-obease. Now since many jobs that require a higher education have been passed to India, and China where labor costs are lower, along with manufacturing jobs, we the people need to insist that government doe's not make it financially rewarding for industry to leave America, and be brought back.

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